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As announced earlier today in this post on the Windows Installer team blog, the final version of Windows Installer 4.5 has been released and can now be downloaded by using the following links:
The redistributable package supports installing on the following platforms:
As described in more detail in this MSDN topic, in this knowledge base article and on the Windows Installer team blog, Windows Installer 4.5 includes the following key features:
The Windows Installer documentation on MSDN has also been refreshed to include detailed information about the Windows Installer 4.5 features.
How to detect and install windows installer 4.5 silently?
Hi Sangeeta - There are instructions for silent installs in the Windows Installer MSDN documentation at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/aa372856.aspx.
There are different ways of detecting the version of Windows Installer that is on the user's system. Visual Studio setup does the following:
Look up the folder that is listed in the following registry value:
Take the folder listed in the InstallerLocation value, append the name msi.dll, then look up the version number of the file msi.dll at that location. That version is the version of Windows Installer that is on the user's system.